Running a “local” server

rx lets you forward remote ports to your local machine. This has higher latency than truly running a server locally, but can be handy for sharing work with coworkers or using several development devices.

To get started, we’ll create a simple Express server:

// my_server.js
const express = require('express');
const app = express();

app.get('/', function (req, res) {
  res.send('Hello World');

console.log('Listening on localhost:3000...');

Create/add the express package as a dependency in package.json:

  "name": "hello-rx",
  "dependencies": {
    "express": "^4.18.3"

Now we have to tell rx that we’re going to be using port 3000. rx autodetects a lot of info about your setup, but unfortunately it cannot figure out what ports you want to use! (Yet.)

Create a file, my-express.yaml:

    - 3000

Now tell rx to use this configuration by running:

$ rx init --remote=my-express.yaml

This will recreate your remote machine, open up port 3000, and map it to your local port 3000. However, there’s nothing running on 3000 yet! To start the server, run:

$ rx node my_server.js

Now visit localhost:3000 in your browser and it will show “Hello World”.

Next steps

This concludes the getting started guide! You can now create a remote workspace, use it to develop locally or remotely, and serve your work locally.

For more info, check out the docs. If you have any questions, please let us know.